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Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow

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Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2019, 18:45

The teenager's German father and younger brother were uninjured in the avalanche.

The ABC reports, the snow from the avalanche buried the boy and his mother, although the woman was able to free herself.

Max was buried under two metres of snow.

One of Max's classmates, Jake Loh, told the Herald how he was a member of the school's robotics team.

At the school, Max was involved in mock trials and was part of a team that placed in the top four of a statewide competition late past year.

Max attended the International Grammar School at Ultimo, with its principal Shauna Colnan sending an email to parents last night.

"The school will be open tomorrow and next week, and senior staff, counsellors and I will be there to assist should you require support".

A Sydney teenager has had his life "tragically cut short" when he was killed in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday with his family in Austria.

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The avalanche struck before rescuers could arrive.

Australia's foreign affairs department is providing consular assistance to the teenager's family.

Germany has deployed troops to rescue locals trapped in their homes following heavy snowfall in the town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, not far from the Austrian border, German media reported.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, lorries and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in south-western Germany.

The Austrian minister responsible for tourism, Elisabeth Koestinger, said that "in most skiing areas, there is no reason for concern at present if people keep to the rules and don't leave the secured slopes".

More heavy snow is expected in the coming days - as much as 120cm of fresh snow in Austria by Thursday.

A man makes his way at the early morning after heavy snow fall in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago.